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Four rare mountain gorillas ‘die in Uganda lightning strike’

Four rare mountain gorillas ‘die in Uganda lightning strike’

Science
Four rare mountain gorillas, including a pregnant female, have died in Uganda after being hit by lightning, a conservation group says.The three adult females and a male infant were found in Uganda's Mgahinga National Park with "gross lesions" on their bodies indicating electrocution.The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) called this a "big loss for the species".There are just over 1,000 mountain gorillas in existence.The species is restricted to protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. 'Conservation successes' bring hope for mountain gorilla What other animals are at risk? The four that died were part of a 17-member group, which has been called the Hirwa family by the authorities. ...
Air Force tests Minuteman III strike missile in Vandenberg launch

Air Force tests Minuteman III strike missile in Vandenberg launch

Business
Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile with a test reentry vehicle shortly after midnight on Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to U.S. Strategic Command. The test launch is meant verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent, Air Force officials said. "Test launches are not a response or reaction to world events or regional tensions," U.S. Strategic Command said in an announcement of the test. The ICBM's reentry vehicle travelled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Strategic Command said. The team that conducted the lunch includ...
French riot police use teargas on protesters as strike, demonstrations continue

French riot police use teargas on protesters as strike, demonstrations continue

World
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- French riot police used tear gas on protesters Saturday to break up demonstrations that have brought Paris to halt as the country's general strike continued into a third day. Saturday's demonstrations brought out thousands of people amid both a strike aimed at halting President Emmanuel Macron's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system and months of anti-government demonstrations by "yellow vest" protesters. Some workers, including teachers, returned to work Friday, but others -- notably transportation workers -- have continued the strike, leading to closed Metro stations, and canceled high-speed rail trips and flights. Macron wants to streamline the country's 42 special pension plans in what he has characterized as an effort to make the program fairer and more su...
Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

World
Travellers heading to and from France face five days of chaos due to a general strike across the country over pension reform.Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the biggest wave of industrial action the country has faced for decades - which begins on Thursday. There are no tickets available on Eurostar trains until Tuesday, with the company saying it has cancelled almost 100 services between now and then. Image: Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the national strike Image: Many airlines have cancelled flights to and from France Airlines including Easyjet, British Airways and Ryanair have opted to cancel many of their flights to and from France, while Air Fran...

Amazon workers stage strike on Black Friday

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Workers at Amazon distribution centers in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailerByThe Associated PressNovember 29, 2019, 10:15 AM1 min read Workers at Amazon distribution centers in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer. Union ver.di said Friday that the walkouts began overnight at six distribution centers across the country, with some due to last until Tuesday. Union representative Orhan Akman said Amazon staff want to send a signal that their work can’t be bought with the kind of extreme discounts Amazon offers around this time of the year. Akman also accused the company of putting “extreme pressure” on staff that’s causing som